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Old 09-24-2016, 03:37 PM   #31
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I subscribe to about 20 state DNR websites. Invasive weeds, mussels, insects on firewood, baitfish, even if native, have very much become a focus in nearly every state in one form or another. The Chronic wasting disease in deer and elk is also a primary focus. Right or wrong, these laws exist and enforcement is difficult and depends on citizen cooperation. I hate to see anyone fined for "crimes" like this and especially when common sense does not prevail.
It is my opinion that this behavior creates a disrespect for enforcement agencies and lots of them have a continuing image problem directly related to personnel with less than stellar manners and no common sense. The sad thing is the lack of boots on the ground picking up the genuine bad guys while personnel is employed for this type of work where the inevitable is just a matter of time. My opinion.
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Old 09-24-2016, 03:42 PM   #32
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It clearly didn't help having California tags(everyone knows to go to DMV first when moving to OR). Looking at ORS 830.998 http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/830.998 and then ORS 830.589 ORS 830.589 - Watercraft check stations - 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes I see that the stop didn't comply with Rule #3 or #4. No uniformed person with Fish & Wildlife or Marine or Agriculture Board- was a Klamath Deputy Sheriff. They also didn't inspect. Am doing a trial by affadavit; will report back any luck with that
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:14 PM   #33
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So, what else would "All watercraft must stop" mean? That boats driving themselves down the highway must stop, but not cars and trucks towing boats? Sorry, but I don't see any problem with the Idaho sign, and I think the 13-word sentence would be far too long for a highway sign.
Wonder how many amphibicars they stop in a season? There's a couple owned by collectors in Cedar Rapids. Only 4,000 made, 1961 to 1967. I remember seeing them in the river at the Ellis Park ramp in Cedar Rapis, years ago.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:19 PM   #34
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So, what else would "All watercraft must stop" mean? That boats driving themselves down the highway must stop, but not cars and trucks towing boats? Sorry, but I don't see any problem with the Idaho sign, and I think the 13-word sentence would be far too long for a highway sign.
Perhaps using images along with a couple of words on the sign would help a lot. A icon of a motor boat along with a canoe and/or kayak might get the message across and be easy to spot even for people like me who drive with glasses??
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:45 PM   #35
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I can name that sign with 14 letters. IF IT FLOATS, STOP ought to cover everything down to and including a life jacket.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:50 PM   #36
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I assume that a Massachusetts driver should know the local laws
You would be incorrect in that assumption.

Guess it's a good thing I've never seen any of our weight stations open.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:46 PM   #37
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Perhaps using images along with a couple of words on the sign would help a lot. A icon of a motor boat along with a canoe and/or kayak might get the message across and be easy to spot even for people like me who drive with glasses??
I saw an image of a BC sign that did just that.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:49 PM   #38
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It clearly didn't help having California tags(everyone knows to go to DMV first when moving to OR). Looking at ORS 830.998 ORS 830.998 - Penalty for failing to stop at an aquatic invasive species check station - 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes and then ORS 830.589 ORS 830.589 - Watercraft check stations - 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes I see that the stop didn't comply with Rule #3 or #4. No uniformed person with Fish & Wildlife or Marine or Agriculture Board- was a Klamath Deputy Sheriff. They also didn't inspect. Am doing a trial by affadavit; will report back any luck with that
The stop was for NOT stopping at the check station- that was the Sheriff's job. Not inspecting, though I'm surprised they didn't send you back to get it inspected. Good luck, though, I do think going after out-of-state visitors for things like this is bad business for a state- a warning and sending you back to the inspection station should have sufficed.
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Old 09-24-2016, 06:23 PM   #39
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Perhaps using images along with a couple of words on the sign would help a lot. A icon of a motor boat along with a canoe and/or kayak might get the message across and be easy to spot even for people like me who drive with glasses??
Images help, but can't explain everything. I can see it now: "But officer, the sign only had a motorboat, a canoe, a kayak, a sailing catamaran, and a paddleboard... but I have a fishing pontoon boat!"
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Wonder how many amphibicars they stop in a season?
That's what I was picturing.
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